The Revelstoke Cedar Shaker Cyclocross race at Revelstoke Mountain Resort returs for the second year on October 25.
Riders will slug it out in the fall rainforest environment in this BC Interior Cyclocross Series race.
The first cyclocross race in 2014 attracted 45 participants. Organizer Mike Welch is hoping to attract 70 to 80 racers from B.C., perhaps Alberta and beyond.
He said the Revelstoke stop is a break from the dry Okanagan-based series, challenging riders on a wet and often muddy course that rewards skilled riders.
“I thought why not bring Cyclocross to Revelstoke in October, it’s likely to have some rain,” Welch joked. Cyclocross is popular in the region in the fall when mountain bike trails get muddy.
(Click on any photo for a full-size view of the 2014 Cedar Shaker cyclocross race.)
Cyclocross – What’s it all about?
For those unfamiliar with the format, the course zig-zags around the base village of Revelstoke Mountain Resort in laps that range from two to three kilometres.
In the elite cyclocross category, racers ride laps for 50 minutes, after which the result is determined.
“It’s not just straight cross country. There is lots of cornering. If you are skilled you can often make up time by just pacing yourself,” Welch said.
The men’s race includes elite, sport and open divisions, and racers with mountain bikes are allowed in the latter. Women and juniors race in elite and open categories, and there’s a U12 race.
Mountain bikes are allowed in the open categories, and Welch invites local mountain bike riders to come try out a cyclocross race.
Welch said that cyclocross continues to expand in North America, and while it’s well behind the mountain biking boom of the past decade in terms of overall numbers, involvement in the sport has increased as well.
Registration starts at 9 a.m. and cyclocross races are at 10:30, 11:30 and 12 noon.
There is prizing for all races.
And just like you’re welcomed in the Rockford restaurant in the village at Revelstoke Mountain Resort after a sweaty day of skiing, the racers will meet there for beverages and burgers after the race — mud or no mud.
For more, check out www.cedarshaker.com.